Boston Public Library Children's Library 450 Kendall Street Photo by Edward Wonsek Brooklyn Boulders Chicago Topping off the West Garage at MassPort Rendering of Congress Square. The buildings were headquarters for several banking institutions. Fenway High School Arrowstreet's Superhero Themed Bowling Tournament BostInno's 50 on Fire Design Winner

This past year was one of growth here at Arrowstreet. As we celebrated our one-year anniversary at 10 Post Office Square, we also expanded our office with the opening of the “south-side.” We’ve grown our team, adding creative staff to our architecture, graphics, interiors, administrative, and marketing departments, including a new Director of Interiors. We’ve pushed ourselves professionally, celebrated LEED certifications / newly minted registrations, and toasted newly titled associates and senior associates.  We revealed a new face to the outside world with the launch of the revised  The site integrates our social media feeds and blog, and provides a snapshot into what’s happening in the studio, as well as shares design trends and stories.

We took our ideas out of the office as well, participating in conversations on design, sustainability, and resiliency at ABX, Greenbuild, RetailGreen, and ULI conferences. Our principals took national leadership positions as Sean Selby completed his second year as the co-chair of RetailGreen, and Amy Korté served as the co-chair of ULI Boston’s Building Resilience Task Force. Amy also helped lead the design charrette and subsequent report for “The Urban Implications of Living with Water,” which garnered international press.

Exciting things were happening with our projects throughout the year as we broke ground, topped off, and developed innovative ideas for outdated buildings. We launched Congress Square (the repositioning and reinvention of an entire block across the street from our studio), unveiled the first phase of graphics work at the Boston Public Library, opened gyms for Brooklyn Boulders in Chicago and Long Island, topped off the garage at Logan Airport, and completed two schools and broke ground on a third.

And all this work was rewarded! Arrowstreet was named one of the top 50 architecture firms in the country by Architect magazine, and was honored as one of Boston’s most innovative design companies by BostInno.

Proving that when you work hard, you can play a little, we celebrated these accomplishments together…enjoying a little friendly competition at our annual mini-golf and bowling tournaments; salsa, pumpkin carving, and baking contests; and finally wrapping things up at our holiday party, held once again at a building we designed, the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter.

We are thankful to our staff, consultants, and clients for making 2015 such a success, and can’t wait to see what 2016 holds!

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